Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 14, 1998 · Page 28
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 28

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, June 14, 1998
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Harrison Ford has starred in six of the 30 all-time top-grossing movies. But he says the best part is being able to pick his roles: * H ARRISON FORD has one of the most recognizable faces in America, but he's a reluctant star who sees fame as a condition. "It's like having a limp," says the actor who has headlined six of the 30 top-grossing movies of all time. "You live with it." Ford, whose romantic adventure Six Days, Seven Nights opens this weekend, has been living some degree of fame since he created a wisecracking Han Solo in the 1977 special effects groundbreaker Star Wars (which he didn't go see in 1997's re-release). "I was always very grateful I was never 'hot,' " Ford says, though he's America's favorite male star in a new survey of USA WEEKEND readers, as well as this year's People's Choice poll winner hi the same category. "In the entire length of my career, I haven't been the hottest, the No. 1, the most adored. I've always been somewhere down from the top, so I've never had to suffer being knocked off the top." Without naming Leonardo DiCaprio or Matt Damon, Ford — whose lived-in good looks make him as sexy as either — notes he was never what they INTERVIEW BY LORRIE LYNCH are today. "I was never that much a focus of interest that I became a 'thing' at an earlier point in my career. I'm aware of having become a 'thing' now, which doesn't give me a lot of pleasure." And a lucrative thing he is. Because his name on the marqee ensures a successful opening weekend, he earns more than almost anyone in Hollywood, $20 million-plus per movie. Yet he doesn't define success in dollars and cents. Says Ford: "To me, success is choice and opportunity." Today he has both. F ord was not an early bloomer, the sort who put on plays in the family living room by kindergarten age. "I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man," he says. "At a fairly early stage, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did, which was work in an office. He left college in Wisconsin (an English and philosophy major) feeling he had no options. "All my friends were going off to be professionals, and I said I wanted to be an actor. It was because I wanted to live the life, a different life. I didn't want to go to the same place every day and see the same people and do the same job. I wanted interesting challenges. I wanted to work with different people over periods of time. 1 wanted to be in different places geographically. I didn't really calculate how difficult that was to achieve." It took Ford 13 years to make a living in his chosen profession, and during those tough times he had a fam- 4 USA WEEKEND < June 12-M, 1998 COVER AND COVER STORY PHOTOGRAPH BY NIGEL PARRY/CPI FOR USA WEEKEND

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